Faith Class 101: Class 8
The Professor, as usual, began the class with the prayer of thanksgiving. Afterward He reminded the students: This is the way you should begin your day. As soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning lift your hands to the Father and give Him thanks. With a chuckle He said, trust Me, in a few moments, your faith-filled words of thanks will be accompanied with good feelings.
Let’s continue studying about “Righteousness.”
This subject is vitally important for you to understand. Why? Because it will affect every step you take on your daily walk with the LORD. Many children who do not have a clear understanding of their right-standing with God will not fulfill their call on earth because they inwardly see themselves as unworthy.
Several years ago, one young student confided that she did not “feel” righteous, particularly in prayer. “Something just seems to hold me back from connecting with God even though I know He forgave me when I received Jesus Christ into my heart.”
Many of My students make this common mistake. They confuse the word righteous with the word holy.
Righteousness means right-standing with God. When did this take place in your life? When you were born again. When Jesus suffered and died on the cross He took all your sin, sickness, disease, poverty, sorrow, and lack upon Himself. He went into hell and on the third day rose again. Jesus paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
THE GREAT EXCHANGE
When you accepted Jesus into your heart — your spirit was changed from eternal death to eternal life and you became a new creation in Christ. Through faith in Christ we receive His righteousness; His right standing with God is your right standing with God. Therefore, we can boldly enter the throne room of grace like a little child who runs into the open arms of their father.
Do you remember Jesus teaching on the Parable of the Prodigal Son? When the prodigal son returned to his home penniless, covered in filth, shame, and guilt, his father came running toward him with love and placed upon his son “the best robe.” That is the robe of righteousness! (Isaiah 61:10)
We received Christ’s spotless robe of righteousness through faith in Him. This faith is accompanied with grace: God’s unearned favor and blessings given to His child who He sees without sin! The great exchange!
“.... be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law,” (or by my doing good deeds,) “but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith...” (Philippians 3:9)
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16-17)
You can’t accept righteousness without faith. And faith is energized by righteousness ... which will produce a holy boldness!
Living by faith means that you believe the “in Him” scriptures that reveal who you are in Christ. Remember, you are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
When our dear student said she didn’t feel “righteous,” it was because she was wrongfully identifying with the old Adamic nature of guilt and unworthiness. Recurring memories of past sins and the sins she committed after she received Jesus were keeping her from an intimate, open-hearted relationship with Father God.
In a private meeting with her I told her of her Covenant Rights as a born again Christian. Then we read 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
When she understood and really believed that repentance and confessing her sins cleansed her of ALL unrighteousness, tears of joy flowed. She saw herself as God saw her...righteous, holy, acceptable; complete in Him!
Righteousness and Your Potential
Wherever you are right now is not where you are going to be.
God sees you according to your potential.
Potential means hidden abilities.
Potential deals with future accomplishments.
God desires that you see you the same way He sees you so that the power of the anointing will flow through you to set the captives free.
Revival is closer than we think!!!
This is that...which is legally yours through Abraham and through Christ’s Blood: See Deuteronomy 28:1-14.
This is that...which Christ has legally redeemed you from: See Deuteronomy 28:15-68.
(Memorize: Galatians 3:13-14)